Eric Weems

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Eric Weems
Eric Weems with Atlanta Falcons.jpg
Weems during his first tenure with the Atlanta Falcons.
No. 14     Atlanta Falcons
Wide receiver / Special teamer
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-07-04) July 4, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Daytona Beach, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Daytona Beach (FL) Seabreeze
College: Bethune-Cookman
Undrafted in 2007
Debuted in 2007 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2010)
  • First-team All-Pro (2010)
  • 108-yard kick return vs Tampa Bay 12/5/10 and Green Bay 1/15/11 (team record)
  • 108-yard kick return vs. Green Bay 1/15/11 (NFL playoff record)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Receptions 27
Receiving yards 240
Receiving TDs 2
Total Return yards 3,999
Total Return TDs 2
Stats at NFL.com

Eric Weems (born July 4, 1985) is an American football wide receiver and special teamer for the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at Bethune-Cookman and was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2007.

Weems has also played for the Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

Weems attended Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, as a senior, he was named the team M.V.P. and was an All-Area selection and an All-State selection. In basketball, he was an All-Area selection.

College career[edit]

While attending Bethune-Cookman University in his hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida, Weems was a stand-out wide receiver/A-back for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats football team. He played under head coach Alvin Wyatt from 2003 to 2007. Weems left with his name in the records numerous receiving categories throughout his four-year career at Bethune-Cookman. In his senior year, he added special teams to his portfolio, serving as the kickoff and punt return specialist for the Wildcats.

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Falcons First Stint[edit]

2007 season[edit]

Weems saw action in the NFL for the first time in the season finale against the Seattle Seahawks. He did not post any stats.

2008 season[edit]

Weems' first career reception came with a 4-yard catch in the first quarter of the Falcons' week 12 match-up against the Carolina Panthers. Later in the same game, Weems provided a key block for a 7-yard Harry Douglas touchdown run. His first career fumble recovery came on a Minnesota Vikings muffed punt in week 16 of the 2008 season.

2009 season[edit]

Eric Weems with Sam Baker, Michael Jenkins and Marty Booker.
Eric Weems in 2009.

Weems won a job with the Atlanta Falcons as a punt returner in 2009 when wide receiver Harry Douglas was placed on the injured reserved list with a season ending knee injury. Weems ended up returning both punts and kicks as the season progressed. Weems scored his first career touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in week 7 of the 2009 season, he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Ryan. Weems scored his second career touchdown against the New York Giants in week 11 of the 2009 season, he had a 4-yard touchdown reception.

On the night of November 16, 2009, Weems was arrested in DeKalb County, Georgia for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Shortly afterward, Weems released a statement saying “Unfortunately, I was involved in an incident on November 17, 2009. I am embarrassed about the situation and I sincerely apologize to the entire Atlanta Falcons organization and our great fans.” No specific action was taken by the Atlanta Falcons or the NFL.

Weems finished the 2009 season with 6 catches for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed 8 times for 53 yards, Weems returned 48 kicks for 1214 yards and 27 punts for 270 yards, Weems fumbled 3 times losing 2 of them, he also recorded 10 tackles.

2010 season[edit]

Weems caught a career high of 4 catches against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first week of the 2010 season. He had his first career start as a wide receiver against the Arizona Cardinals in week 2. Weems returned his first career kickoff return for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on week 13 of the season. The 102 yards was a franchise record for the Atlanta Falcons. He also returned his first career punt return for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers on week 17 of the season. The 55 yards was a career high. Weems was selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl as a special teams member. Weems Finished the 2010 season with 6 catches for 61 yards. He returned 40 kickoffs for a 1100 yards with one touchdown. Weems returned 18 punts for 230 yards with one touchdown. Weems also recorded 16 tackles on special teams. He was the only player in the NFC to return a kick and a punt for a TD.

Weems had a notable contribution for the Atlanta Falcons in the 2010-2011 NFC divisional championship game against the Green Bay Packers. Early in the second quarter, Weems fielded a kickoff two yards deep in his team's own end zone and ran virtually untouched for 102-yard TD kickoff return. The 102-yard return was the longest play in NFL postseason history.

2011 season[edit]

The Atlanta Falcons re-signed Weems to a one-year contract on July 31, 2011.[1] He appeared in all 16 games with the Atlanta Falcons, He made 2 starts at the wide receiver position. Weems caught a career high 11 catches for a career high 90 yards. Weems returned 24 kicks for 563 yards. He also returned 32 punts for 315 Yards. Weems also recorded 12 tackles on special teams. He did not score any touchdowns.

Weems was selected as a first-team alternate for the 2012 Pro bowl as a special teams player.

Weems returned 4 kickoffs for an average of 20 yards per kickoff and a long of 27 yards in the NFC wild card game between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants. He did not record any receptions in that game.

Chicago Bears[edit]

2012 season[edit]

On March 14, 2012, Weems signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Bears as an unrestricted free agent.[2] Weems played in all 16 games with one start at the wide receiver position. Weems caught 2 balls only for 27 yards. He returned 13 kickoffs for 231 yards and 1 punt for no yards. Weems fumbled once and recovered 2 fumbles during the season. He also made 8 tackles. The Bears finished the season with a record of 10-6 and did not make the playoffs.

2013 season[edit]

Weems appeared in all 16 games with the Bears. He recorded 1 reception only for 8 yards. Weems returned 5 kickoffs for 57 yards. Weems recorded 9 tackles in the season and forced one fumble.

2014 Season[edit]

After the Bears signed Santonio Holmes, Weems was released on August 16, 2014.[3]

Second stint with the Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On August 21, 2014, Weems signed with the Atlanta Falcons.[4]

Career Stats[edit]

Receiving Stats

Year Team Games Receptions Targets Receiving Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Receiving Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2008 ATL 6 1 1 4 4.0 4 0 0 0 0
2009 ATL 16 6 6 50 8.3 30 2 3 0 0
2010 ATL 16 6 6 61 10.2 18 0 3 0 0
2011 ATL 16 11 14 90 8.2 18 0 5 0 0
2012 CHI 16 2 4 27 13.5 18 0 2 0 0
2013 CHI 16 1 2 8 8.0 8 0 1 0 0
Total Total 86 27 33 240 8.9 30 2 14 0 0

[5]

Returning Stats

Year Team Games Punt Return Attempts Punt Return Yards Punts Returned for Touchdown Punts Fair Caught Longest Punt Return Kickoff Return Attempts Kickoff Return Yards Kickoffs Returned for Touchdown Kickoffs Fair Caught Longest Kickoff Return
2008 ATL 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 19 0 0 19
2009 ATL 16 27 270 0 14 28 48 1,214 0 0 62
2010 ATL 16 18 230 1 19 55 40 1,100 1 0 102
2011 ATL 16 32 315 0 19 42 24 563 0 0 37
2012 CHI 16 1 0 0 1 0 13 231 0 0 27
2013 CHI 16 0 0 0 1 0 5 57 0 0 19
Total Total 86 78 815 1 54 55 131 3,184 1 0 102

[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Choate, Dave (Juyl 31 2011). "Eric Weems Returns To The Falcons Special Teams". TheFalcoholic.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  2. ^ Dickerson, Jeff (March 14, 2012). "Bears agree to deal with Eric Weems". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  3. ^ Patra, Kevin (August 16, 2014). "Santonio Holmes, Chicago Bears reach contract". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  4. ^ Adams, Jay. "Falcons Bring Back WR, Specialist Weems". AtlantaFalcons.com. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Eric Weems Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 

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